Congress minister likens Manmohan to 'mother'
It's chamchagiri at its height or a political googly.
Salman Khurshid, a known Sonia Gandhi loyalist, seems to be overwhelmed by
the recent allotment of key portfolio of Law and Justice to him that he chose to compare Dr Manmohan Singh as an asset to the core value of a mother in a man's life.
Minutes after the BJP member Mr Yashwant Sinha, took a potshot at Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Lok Sabha during debate on price rise on August 3 over his staying away from a direct electoral battle, the new law minister, Mr Khurshid, likened the economist-PM to the Bollywood “mother” from Deewar.
“Jo chunao nahi larte ... woh sukhi hae (Those who do not contest elections are fortunate),” Mr Sinha said in the Lok Sabha while initiating the debate on price rise. Turning towards finance minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the BJP leader said, “At least you should understand price rise because you contest elections”, in a clear dig at the PM being a Rajya Sabha member. Dr Singh was sitting next to Mr Mukherjee. Amid laughter, Mr Sinha said the steep rise in prices of kerosene was what cost him the Hazaribagh seat during the 2004 Lok Sabha poll. In his intervention, Mr Salman Khurshid quoted from the conversation between Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan in the film Deewar, where the former says: “You may have everything but I have mother”. Mr Khurshid said, “Similarly, BJP may have everything with them but we have Dr Manmohan Singh.” He said under Dr Singh’s leadership India has been able to brave economic challenges and emerge as a “role model”.
The big question is whether Salman has a the nod of 10 Janpath to accord such good words for Dr Manmohan Singh, who is now under tremendous pressure for flip-flop in handling the corruotion cases.